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In the Heralds of Faerûn organization, Old Night was one of the High Heralds.[1][2][3][4] The sign of Old Night was an ancient, broken bronze shield hung on the wide trunk of an oak tree, surrounded by oak leaves.[5] This office was in charge of training the Heralds Pursuivant, including the "everchanging offices" of Green Shield and Gauntlet. Additionally, Old Night was the head librarian of Herald's Holdfast,[5] the greatest repository of heraldic lore, genealogy, and historic documents of the primary sentient races in North Faerûn.[6][7]

Ironically, Old Night was the most scholarly and reclusive of the High Heralds,[4][8] and yet the most well known to the peoples of Faerûn because of the authority the office wielded over matters of heraldry and the Law of Arms.[1] The public perception of Old Night was that of an ancient, powerful, benevolent wizard with a mercurial streak, but at least two of the office holders in the 14th century DR (Farsyr and Shalara) were rangers.[5]


The rod of office was a crooked and rough wizard's staff made from the remains of a cracked bronze shield, crushed into the shape of a walking-stick. It could be used as a wand of paralyzation and had other powers known only to the High Heralds.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  2. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 73. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  3. Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 88. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 105. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 78. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  6. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  7. slade, Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Paul Jaquays, Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 60. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  8. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  9. 9.0 9.1 R.A. Salvatore (January 1989). Streams of Silver. (TSR, Inc), p. 230. ISBN 0-88038-672-X.
  10. Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.

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